According to The Sunday Times, Khan and Morgan had workshopped scripts that touched on Diana’s relationship with Harrods heir Dodi Fayed, her controversial 1995 appearance on Panorama, and her relationship with Hasnat Khan. Hasnat, a heart surgeon, is a distant cousin of Jemima’s ex-husband, former professional cricketer and Pakistan’s current prime minister Imran Khan. While dating Hasnat, Diana visited the Khans in Lahore on much-photographed trips.
And what about the controversy surrounding John Major?
In October, reports emerged that one episode in Season 5 would show Prince Charles meeting with the then-prime minister John Major in 1991 to discuss the queen’s possible abdication, following a poll in The Sunday Times which showed that a majority of the public were in favor of him replacing her early. In an interview with The Mail on Sunday on October 15, Major denied that any such conversation took place, calling the scene “a barrel-load of malicious nonsense.” A statement from his office added: “Sir John has not cooperated in any way with The Crown. Nor has he ever been approached by them to fact-check any script material in this or any other series. As you will know, discussions between the monarch and prime minister are entirely private and—for Sir John—will always remain so. But not one of the scenes [depicted] are accurate in any way whatsoever. They are fiction, pure and simple.”
In response, a spokesperson for The Crown described the latest installment of the show as “a fictional dramatization, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family—one that has already been scrutinized and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.” Expect yet more controversy to follow once the season airs.
What will the costumes in The Crown Season 5 look like?
Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts, who has outfitted the cast since Season 3, has returned for the latest installment. Recent photos from the set show Debicki as Diana, wading in the sea in a green swimsuit and white shorts, waving from a yacht wearing a power-shouldered floral dress and walking through the Spanish countryside in a khaki-colored two-piece. As in previous seasons, many of the looks are inspired by Diana’s original outfits rather than exact replicas.
Was there a heist on the set of The Crown?
On February 24, it was reported that thieves had stolen over £150,000 worth of The Crown’s props from three vehicles in Yorkshire while filming took place nearby. Among the more than 350 items that have gone missing is a replica of a 1897 Imperial Coronation Fabergé egg, gold candelabras, a 10-piece silver dressing table, St. Louis gilt crystal glassware, and the clock face of a William IV grandfather clock. Netflix has issued a plea to help recover the items and the incident is currently being investigated by police.
When will The Crown Season 5 be released?
On September 24, the streaming giant confirmed that The Crown would return to Netflix on November 9.